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Schlafly Belgian Golden Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Belgian Golden AleSchlafly Belgian Golden Ale

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121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Belgian-Style Golden Ale opens with a fruity nose and rounded sweetness that compose a pale and balanced beer. Hallertau hops lend a hint of spice that balances the aroma and flavor of orchard fruit. Similar to our Belgian Tripel, but with a lighter body and a crisper finish, it is the perfect introduction to the family of Belgian beers renowned for their complexity and delicacy.

Beers from this region reflected the diversity of Belgium itself, a nation that has three official languages (Dutch, French, and German). Bordering Germany and France, Belgian ales incorporate the complex flavors of French wine into the German brewing heritage. In Post World War II Europe, Belgian brewers developed golden strong ales to compete with the rising popularity of lighter Pilsner style beers.

23 IBU

(Beer added by: zeff80 on 03-31-2013)
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

09-28-2013 02:23:10 | More by BeerForMuscle
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Boone757

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

09-21-2013 14:27:20 | More by Boone757
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright golden color yields an effervescent head that had a light color and stacked above the rim of the glass.

The scent is quite clovey with an air of doughy malt. Very light and airy it's predominately clovish.

The flavors are sweet with doughy malt and a bubblegum-like finish. The flavors are so strong to the bubblegum-like that I catch a literal Juicy-Fruit flavor. That's not a bad thing it's just strong and unlike most Golden Ales.

The feel is sufficiently carbonated with a nice crispness.

Overall, this is a nice ale with an easy sweetness and drinkability but perhaps not the complexities needed to set it apart.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 02:46:39 | More by KYGunner
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skloeff

Missouri

4/5  rDev +7.5%

09-08-2013 16:16:00 | More by skloeff
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KMcG

Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.5%

09-07-2013 20:15:04 | More by KMcG
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 4-25-13. Healthy pour into a tulip.

Refreshing, good for the summer except for the high 7% ABV (which is sneaky). A very tasty beer. I would classify this beer as more of a saison than a Belgian Pale Ale.

A – Pours a pale yellow/straw colored, slightly cloudy with a white rocky one-finger head. Average lacing.

S – Farmyard, yeasty, peppery, citrusy (lemon).

T – A clean taste, slightly astringent. A balanced Belgian Pale Ale. Citrusy/bitter finish. Well hidden ABV.

MF – Medium bodied, good carbonation resulting in a slightly sharpness, dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 01:14:11 | More by Sludgeman
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Ayelikebeer

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

09-02-2013 13:11:49 | More by Ayelikebeer
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Straw with 1 finger of white head. Good clarity and low carbonation.

Nose
Pear, gold apple and Brett.

Taste
Golden delicious apple, pear and Belgian yeast. This does carry a Brett yeast character. Light notes of hay and potpourri.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied, smooth and dry.

Overall
On par with other Belgian Golden Ales. Nothing too special.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 01:09:08 | More by justintcoons
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Cris4545

Indiana

2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

08-31-2013 17:44:01 | More by Cris4545
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Goosehunter75

Missouri

3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a soft honey color that has a slight haze to it. It does have a good 1 1/2 finger white head that has good retention

S - Smells sweet but yeasty. I also detected peaches and apricots in the aroma.

T - Spicy upfront which surprised me. Perhaps a hint of coriander. This is followed by a yeastiness that has a slight peachy and apricot flavor to it

M - A lighter beer. It does go down quiet smooth. Lower carbonation than I would like. I do have to say you cannot detect the alcohol and it is a 7% beer

O - This is an OK. Not really my style. I will say it has a unique flavor. I don't know that it is one I will look for, but offered to me at a friends house or at a restaurant I would try again.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 00:59:53 | More by Goosehunter75
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, Bottled on 25 April 13, served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours a hazy yellow-golden with a small head. The head soon reduces to a ring but manages to produce average lacing.

S/T: Lemon, pear, starfruit & apple plus spicy hops. Some subtle banana and clove come to the fore in tasting. Like many Belgians, this one tastes better than it smells. Lightly tart and sweet: good balance.

Feel: Medium-light body; crisp carbonation; finishes semi-dry

O: easy to drink; a very solid example of style that could readily pass for an actual Belgian. Well hidden ABV

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 23:12:51 | More by chinchill
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

08-19-2013 22:43:22 | More by cjgiant
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soju6

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a nice golden color with a fair head and bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of mild citrus, fresh fruit, with a hint of malt sweetness.

T: Taste is quit clean with a mild fruit sweetness, with a bit of citrus and malt sweetness. Mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly moderate body, crisp and refreshing. The 7% ABV is very well hidden. Nicely balanced.

O: Enjoyable beer that goes down way too easy.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 14:40:30 | More by soju6
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007rtw

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-13-2013 00:45:41 | More by 007rtw
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firstlighthiker

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +21%

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Florida_guy03

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -19.4%

08-04-2013 03:29:02 | More by Florida_guy03
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this beer up from Totowa, as a total crapshoot. I hadn't had anything from these guys in ages and I wasn't expecting much when I pulled this off of the single bottle shelf. This was one of the few beers left that I hadn't tried from there and I didn't think that something from the Midwest could be as enjoyable as an original from overseas. Although the spice, strength, and complexity weren't as strong as a European counterpart, this caught me by surprise and was a good take on what a laid-back version of this beer should be like. The body and taste were strong enough while not being terribly strong in the booze department!

The pour to this was decent, as this beer had a fairly radiant golden hue that was almost clear, with a head that wasn't thick nor long-lasting. What little lacing on on the sides of my pint glass didn't last long either, as it quickly slid down after each sip. There was lot of candied sugar, pear, banana, apple, and a lemon zest-like spice to this that combined for a relatively easygoing drinking experience. Only the sugar and banana stuck around during the aftertaste while this seemingly had a bit of wheat to round things and give this beer some body. This has quite a "bright" feel to it and wasn't overpowering in terms of taste or alcohol.

Even though this wasn't a session beer, I regret only buying one of these. It's not something I'd chug down or enjoy in mass quantities and there could have been more yeast here but there was enough to like and for a Summer beer, this would be a solid choice. Not as intense or filling as other examples that I've tried but there's enough fruit and body here to savor, while enjoying this unexpected surprise.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 06:03:02 | More by JerzDevl2000
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Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.5%

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New Jersey

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Texas

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Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.5%

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Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.5%

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Missouri

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Schlafly Belgian Golden Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
84 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.